http://evemaps.dotlan.net/system/Jita shows a lot of ship losses. Most of these are ganker ships rather than gankee.
This year, I wanted to take part in Jita burns, to see its impacts first hand.
I insured my Obelisk to platinum, got into an empty pod, put a double wrapped civilian gattling gun into my cargo hold and autopiloted into Jita.
Then I waited, waited, and waited some more. It is really hard to get ganked
I autopiloted into Jita 4/4 in my Obelisk. I autopiloted back into Perimiter. Turned around and flew back to Jita. I did this many times.
A couple of times I was contacted, and was offered the 'opportunity' to pay between 100M and 500M to get a 'pass' to not be ganked. Given the purpose of this was to be ganked, the answers were variations of the following:
- I am not at any risk
- All talk, no action
- Na, nothing of consequence will happen
I started manually warping 20k to gates and slowboating.
I did get several bumps, and the odd pot shot (immediately concorded and kill rights obtained).
After several hours, I was finally ganked in my freighter; 90+ catalysts, and a couple of frigates with points were committed. No wonder it takes so long to be ganked; co-ordinating that many players takes effort.
There have been a few freighters ganked that I wanted to get close to with ECM based alts boats, but it is hard to be in the right place at the right time. I have been out of range of most of the ganks. I think I managed to get a few ECM's in but on a fleet of 100 it does not make much difference. What I think will work better is an ECM burst with the possibility of taking out 10 or 15 ships. But again, getting at a suitable range seems to be hard; I am often a 100k from the tank, and it's over in 30 seconds. An ECM burst is only available to pilots willing to be Concorded themselves.
There have been some truly overvalued ships that have been destroyed as part of Jita burns, https://zkillboard.com/campaign/burnjita3/ lists some of the currently 11b freighter/JF kills.
I have tried to get ganked on my Orca; but no takers so far. At one point I was even orbiting the Permiter gate in Jita while making food for the (first life) family, and came back to fireworks being shot at my ship, I think by another blogger.
Orca's seem to be off this year's Jita Burns menu.
I have found the experience interesting. There is nothing like knowing first hand what it takes for ganks to occur of some of these ships. I already have experience of T1 industrials, and wormhole ganks, but this is the first time I have been involved in a highsec 'tough' ship gank.
Given how difficult it was to be ganked during Jita burns, and my general cargo carrying guidelines, I am far less worried about flying my freighters AFK than I used to be.